Didrik Cappelen (born 1900)

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Didrik Cappelen
Born (1900-10-08)8 October 1900
Kviteseid, Norway
Died 27 August 1970(1970-08-27) (aged 69)
Nationality Norwegian
Occupation Jurist and politician
Relatives Hans Cappelen (brother)

Didrik Cappelen (8 October 1900 – 27 August 1970) was a Norwegian jurist and politician.

He was born at Kviteseid in Telemark, Norway. He was a son of Supreme Court Attorney Didrik Cappelen (1873-1941) and Antoinette Therese von der Lippe (1876-1934). His brother was Hans Cappelen. [1][2][3]

During the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany Cappelen worked together with his father, Carl P. Wright and Sverre Løberg in organizing resistance activities in the county of Telemark, Norway.[4] Cappelen was arrested and in prison from 1940 to 1942 in Oslo, but escaped 30 January 1942. The escape was planned by his wife Gudrun née Knudsen (1910-1997), and assisted with great personal risk by Arne Qvenild, Kristian Aubert and Torolf Prytz junior.[5][6]

Cappelen was appointed at the Norwegian Legation in Stockholm from 1942, and then at the Norwegian Ministry of Justice in exile in London. He served as prosecutor in Skien from 1946-1956 and as county judge from 1956 to 1970. He was elected as suppleant to the Parliament of Norway several times, and replaced Sveinung O. Flaaten after his death in 1962.[7]


  1. ^ "Didrik Cappelen". tore.vamraak.no. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ Jon Gunnar Arntzen. "Cappelen". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Cappelen". lokalhistoriewiki.no. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ Haakonsen,Ronald: Vi er fri! Skien i krigsårene 1940-45, Skien historielag, Skien 1995, pages 37, 40, etc.
  5. ^ Christensen,Chr. A.R.: Dåd. Med livet som innsats i krigstidens Norge, Oslo 1965, pages 62-77
  6. ^ Haugen, Lambrecht: Cappelen-slekten 1627-2008, Rosendal 2008, pages 107, 124-129
  7. ^ Steenstrup, Bjørn, ed. (1968). "Cappelen, Didrik". Hvem er Hvem? (in Norwegian) (10 ed.). Oslo: Aschehoug.